Now I’m not sure how many of you are watching this year’s World Cup, but if you’re not, you should be! This playing of the tournament is being widely hailed as the best ever, and not just because the American team did so well. There have been close games, blowouts, amazing offensive and defensive individual performances, and the national pride shown by each country’s spectators has been a spectacle in itself. We’ve seen everything that could possibly happen on a soccer field, all in the last 3 weeks.
Here’s the problem though. With so much going on, you need a drink for every occasion. Something to get you ready for 2 hours of maniacal cheering. Something to calm the nerves during a 1-1 game in extra time. Something to celebrate your team’s big victory. And, unfortunately, something to commiserate with after a loss. Well, the fine folks over at Ketel One Vodka have come up with National Team cocktails, good for any World Cup game regardless of what happens on the field. We’re giving you the drinks for today’s game, but we understand that any Brazil fans might want to just drink massive quantities of both. The best part? They’re both made with Ketel One, so they’ll go down smooth!
1 bottle BV Coastal Estates Sauvignon Blanc
6 oz. Ketel One Oranje
3 oz. Grand Marnier
3 oz. pomegranate juice
3 oz. orange juice
2 oz. white grape juice
3 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. simple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher half filled with ice. Stir. Pour into a wine glass filled with ice. Garnish with raspberries and pomegranate seeds. Serves 8-10.
1.25 oz. Ketel OneOranje
1 oz. ginger liqueur
1 oz. fresh lime juice
2 barspoons orange marmalade
2 drops orange bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange peel.
I won’t try to guess who’s going to win today’s game, but I will say that any fans who make these drinks will be winners regardless!